EDGELL HAPPY WITH NZV8s DEBUT SEASON
The NZV8s Championship is generally acknowledged as being a motor racing category in which it is very difficult for a rookie to achieve success. However Auckland driver Tim Edgell has made great progress in his first season in the class and recently scored his first top ten placing at only his sixth outing in the championship.
There is no doubting Edgell's ability as a driver. After a successful karting career he became the New Zealand Formula Ford Champion in the 2003/04 season. Since then Edgell has spent one season in the Toyota Racing Series before making his NZV8s Championship debut in a Ford Falcon at Pukekohe last November.
The most recent rounds of the championship in the South Island last month saw Edgell forging his way ever closer to the ultra - competitive top ten with the breakthrough result being achieved with a 9th placing at Teretonga Park.
Edgell is "pretty happy" with his season to date. "The last two rounds were very good. I learnt a lot about the car and my driving," he say's. "It's a tough top ten to crack. There are four cars that are very fast and you can cover the rest of them with a blanket." Edgell admits the transition from single seater race cars to the NZV8s has been harder than he thought. "It's been a good learning curve. As a young guy you tend to drive hard and fast whereas in the Falcon you need to sacrifice corner speed - I've come a long way as a driver."
"Our team this year is new to motorsport while dad (well known engine builder Randell Edgell) and I are from a single seater background which is a totally different discipline. We haven't done a lot of testing either."
While Edgell's season has gone well, a huge crash at the second round of the series was a major setback. Edgell was caught in an incident that saw the Falcon shunted heavily into the bank. Tim say's it was "horrific financially" while the team acknowledge that it knocked their development plan.
The development plan is a three - year one that the team have devised for their NZV8s campaign. This season, year one, is all about learning what is necessary and getting close to the top ten. The plan in year two is to run consistently in the top ten while the goal for year three is to win the championship.
The crash at Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna near Christchurch left the team battling while it put a spare motor for the car in jeopardy. However the team are reasonably happy with their current engine.
Edgell say's that the discipline of preparing the Falcon after working with single seaters is the same but the set up is different. "You have to figure the way and perfect it."
While the team has a three year plan, a more immediate mission is the final round of this year's championship at Pukekohe from 20-22 April. Tim say's "we're ready to go," and after an impressive beginning which has seen them quickly break into the top ten the team will be looking to end year one on a high note at their home circuit of Pukekohe.